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Kirkland advises on Eagle Football deal

London-based group acquired stake in Olympique Lyonnais



Kirkland & Ellis advised Iconic Sports on its investment in London-based group Eagle Football, which acquired a “significant controlling stake” in Olympique Lyonnais Groupe SA.


This transaction creates what has been described as “one of the largest professional football groups in the world” with interests in Olympique Lyonnais, Crystal Palace, Botafogo and RWD Molenbeek.

The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners Laurent Victor-Michel, David Higgins, Sean Wheeler, Debbie Yee, Henry Birch and Camille Elizabeth Walker.


The team also included associates Etienne Vautier, Peter Hyams and Oscar Fernando Leija, as well as capital markets partners Christian Nagler and Cedric Van den Borren and associate Mathieu Kohmann.


Also part of the team was debt finance partner Neel Sachdev and associates Marco Bagnato and Marina Fatsis, as well as investment funds partner Alex Brodkin and associates Rajiv Chandrasena and Courtenay Stock. The team also included tax partners Ian Ferreira, David Mannion, Rob Sharpe, Joseph Tootle, Sam Trowbridge and Sara Zablotney and associates Kris Kania and Krishan Patel, as well as restructuring partner Elaine Nolan and associate Dan Stathis.


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